General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Best of the "Junk" bikes

Old 07-21-08, 01:21 AM
  #1  
fixedincome
Older & Not Better
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: TX
Posts: 7

Bikes: none

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Best of the "Junk" bikes

Okay,
My first post and probably my last..... I am on a fixed income, semi-retired, not by choice. My wife is retired, not by choice either. I have never ridden a bicycle. She used to ride a lot when she was young. I really don't care what I get, but she wants a "10 speed". Shows how old she is... In other words, she used to ride a "road bike" and she wants the same style. The curved racing handlebars, the slim tires, shifters, etc... She wants for both of us to have the same style. I don't care, so I guess I'm looking for two of these "road bikes".

Money is an issue. Yes I looked in the only bike shop around for miles and they don't sell used bikes. Owner only sells new, his preference.... I looked in the local craigslist for a couple of months now. Nothing but old rusty junk or "mountain bikes". Nothing that looks any good at all. Hardly any on there, people around here don't do much riding.... So, Used bikes are out of the picture...

I doubt that we would ride more than a couple of miles every few days, just around our over 55 community. I wouldn't ride the streets here. I would not feel safe. Hardly anyone rides the streets here, even the bike shop said that's why all the "mountain bikes", because people won't ride the streets here.....

So, here comes the "wal-mart" "ebay" specials..... I know all about the slams and the cut downs about "store bought" bikes. I am just looking for recommendations for the "Best of the Worst".. No more that $450-$500 for BOTH bikes.... That does not leave much. There's a Schwinn road bike for about $200 and there's the ebay "Dawes" bike. Are there any other choices that you know of? Does anyone have a real (personal experience) opinion on the under $250 road bikes offered?
I will not be taking them to a bike shop. I will have to learn to work on them myself. If I had the money to take them to a shop, I would buy them at a shop, so as with everything else, I will learn to work on them myself....

If you have any valid constructive help, I would appreciate it..........
fixedincome is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 01:58 AM
  #2  
c_m_shooter
Senior Member
 
c_m_shooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Paradise, TX
Posts: 1,553

Bikes: Surly Cross Check, Redline Monocog 29er, Generic Track bike, Surly Pugsley, Salsa Fargo, Schwinn Klunker

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I had a Shwinn Varsity from Wal-mart and it rode pretty good once I tuned it up. It was the one with the stem shifters, not the twist grip. I paid about $125 for it. Make sure you give everything on the bike a good once over for safety.
c_m_shooter is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 07:56 AM
  #3  
Kabloink
Senior Member
 
Kabloink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Central Texas
Posts: 605
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The Forge Road bike from Target looks like a good deal. It comes with Shimano Sora components and STI shifters for $339. It costs a bit more than $250, but has much nicer components than the lower priced offerings. The only problem might be the limited size it comes in.

http://www.target.com/Forge-1000-Roa...%20bike&page=1

There is a review with pics in the road forum
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ighlight=forge

Last edited by Kabloink; 07-21-08 at 07:59 AM.
Kabloink is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 08:13 AM
  #4  
mmerner
okay maybe not.
 
mmerner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: waukesha, wi
Posts: 598

Bikes: oh a bunch.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I would collect a bunch of junk bikes and build one (or two) ridable ones. It's really not hard to learn.
__________________
question everything.
mmerner is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 10:02 AM
  #5  
Buglady
Senior Member
 
Buglady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Calgary
Posts: 2,341

Bikes: 2018 Ghost Square Trekking B2.8 e-bike; 2015 MEC Cote gravel/touring bike; 2012 MEC Silhouette hybrid; 1985 Boyes-Rosser tourer, now outfitted as Winter Trundle-bike

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Some of the rusty junk can be concealed treasure - the Classic & Vintage forum here contains many helpful and knowledgeable people!

(I got a beautiful old touring bike, Tange 9000 tubing (really good steel), for $5 at a church bazaar. It needed new tires, a chain, and brake pads - $30 total - to become perfectly rideable. Then I spent a year tinkering, $20 at a time, and I have something I am really happy with now!)

If you can order online and assemble bikes yourself, I have heard good things about the basic road bikes from Schwinn and Raleigh. Problems can crop up when you buy department store bikes that are assembled by department store employees without training.

You may also enjoy the cruiser style bikes for the short rides you describe. Ask around; there may be old 3 speeds hiding in your neighbours' garages!

Good luck, and have fun!
Buglady is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 11:49 AM
  #6  
Kimmitt 
Senior Member
 
Kimmitt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Oceanside, CA
Posts: 952

Bikes: Electra Townie 3i with xtracycle, Surly Cross-Check

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Is there a bike co-op nearby? They may be able to assist you with either finding a solid used bike or tuning up an xmart bike to where it's worth riding.
Kimmitt is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 12:37 PM
  #7  
bkaapcke
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,247
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 54 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 2 Posts
One of my ride buddies used to ride schwinns from Target. They worked fairly well and came with one year guarantees. He rode a fair amount, and the bike(s) would usually have problems before the year was up. He would take it back for repairs that they couldn't do. They always gave him a new bike, which also came with a one year guarantee. He milked this for years. bk
bkaapcke is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 05:53 PM
  #8  
alanbikehouston
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 5,250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
The best $200 bikes I've seen are from the big sporting goods stores, such as Oshman's and Dick's. Each store has one or two techs who know how to assemble and tune a bike. When a bike needs adjustments (and all bikes do) you can take it back to the store.

The "big chains" often run 20% off coupons in the Friday and Saturday newspapers that can be applied to their bikes.

The simpler the bike the better. A $200 bike with dual suspension is heavy and poorly made. A seven speed beach cruiser for $200 at Oshman's will be a sturdy bike, it is too simple for the factory or store to screw it up.

The bike market has changed a good deal over the past twenty years. At one time, so-called "road bikes" including models sold at K-Mart and Sears. Today, the bikes that stores call "road bikes" sell for $600 and up (and up, and up).

In today's market, the "best buy" bike IS a mountain bike. Many bike shops will have sales where they sell a $300 mountain bike for $225 or $250. The entry level mountain bikes sold at good bike stores is more durable than ANY bike sold at Target, or Wal-Mart. They are built to last for ten years of hard riding, or about fifty years of "around the neighborhood" riding.

By the year and by the mile, an entry level mountain bike from Trek, Giant, or Specialized, costs FAR less than any $200 bike from a discount store.

Last edited by alanbikehouston; 07-21-08 at 05:58 PM.
alanbikehouston is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 06:26 PM
  #9  
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Posts: 11,650
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 154 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
If you're riding a couple of miles every few days, it'd be fairly pointless to get a road bike. That's going to throw you into an uncomfortable posture for going slow, and give you thin tires that you don't want to get off road. So I'd suggest looking at rigid-frame mountain bikes or hybrids or something other than just road bikes.

You didn't say where you're at. But what I notice is that Craigslist has to get sort of a critical mass going or it's not any good. So for example, in Houston and Dallas, there's a bunch of bikes out there. In, say, Midland, there's practically nothing. There's probably really bikes available in Midland, just not enough people are using Craigslist to get much of a listing started. Anyway, take a look in the larger cities close to you as well. Also check Ebay ads. If you can buy a $100 bike and pay $100 shipping, that fits your price range and there's a fair number of older bikes that won't go for any more than that.

Consider running your own ad on Craigslist or Thrifty Nickel or wherever: "Wanted- Rideable 10 speed (or whatever style you're after) bike"- can't hurt, may help.

I can tell you that my experience with a cheap bike was that there was a fair bit of frustration. BUT, I was riding it maybe 40 miles a week, and I'm fairly hefty. If you're riding 2 miles every few days, that same bike might last you many years.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 06:58 PM
  #10  
nahh
on your left.
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Posts: 1,802

Bikes: Scott SUB 30, Backtrax MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
As other people have said, you probably don't want what's called a "road bike" today. they are made for speed and distance, and are uncomfortable for short rides. you want more of a "cruiser" or "hybrid" bicycle.

some department store bikes are fine, as long as you take them to somebody who knows enough about them to tune them up and make them safe.

good luck!
nahh is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 08:33 PM
  #11  
mawtangent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 273
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
I had a Shwinn Varsity from Wal-mart and it rode pretty good once I tuned it up. It was the one with the stem shifters, not the twist grip. I paid about $125 for it. Make sure you give everything on the bike a good once over for safety.
The Varsity (which I've seen recently at $219 at Walmart) looks very useable to me, but I have only seen one size, I believe it was a 57cm center to top (which might happen to work for the OP and/or his wife), another thing about the Varsity, I think it has only two chainrings on the front, so it might not have super-easy gearing for climbing hills.

I recently bought the Dawes Lighting Sport (listed on ebay for $238 shipped, I happened to find one from the same ebay seller that usually sells them at a reduced price because of cosmetic issues) and my initial impression is that is is very decent for the price, but it also has only two chainrings on front (this helped make it fairly easy to get the front-derailleur adjusted and dialed in, but the gearing is not super-easy for hill-climbing). One good thing about the Dawes Lighting Sport is that it comes in about 5 different sizes (not sure about the Varsity)

I suggest you really read/research to get an idea what size bike you need. I'm 43 and would consider myself neither very unhealthy or very healthy/athletic, but somewhere in the middle; one big issue/discovery for me has been the revelation that I (and my back/arms) like my handle bars about the same height as my seat (the top bar, not the drops, on a roadbike handle bar), I think I've seen this called a "touring" setup as opposed to a more "racing" setup where the handlebars are obviously much lower than the seat. This has led me to choose larger frames than others my size might choose, so that I can get higher handlebar height without having to buy a longer stem (at present I'm thinking that possibly a longer stem on a smaller frame might be a better solution, but live and learn)

Having an ill fit can really dampen your enjoyment of riding. You should neither feel stretched out in an uncomfortably lock-elbowed "reaching" position, or feel all cramped in like your own knees and arms are in your way. Just do some research and get an idea what size you need. Hope this helps.

Another thing, I notice you live in Texas; There is a lot of back and forth on Bike Forums about bikesdirect.com (who sell Dawes "USA or America" bikes) and I'm on shaky ground here, but if I lived in Texas I would try to find out if there are any "brick and mortar" stores within driving distance associated with bikedirect.com (I've read that they do exist, and there seems to be Texas addresses associated with Bikesdirect). I would be interested in checking one out.

Last edited by mawtangent; 07-21-08 at 08:37 PM.
mawtangent is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 10:11 PM
  #12  
Sirrus Rider
Velocommuter Commando
 
Sirrus Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 2,648

Bikes: '88 Specialized Sirrus, '89 Alpine Monitor Pass, two '70 Raligh Twenties, '07 Schwinn Town & Country Trike, '07 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Buglady View Post
Some of the rusty junk can be concealed treasure - the Classic & Vintage forum here contains many helpful and knowledgeable people!

(I got a beautiful old touring bike, Tange 9000 tubing (really good steel), for $5 at a church bazaar. It needed new tires, a chain, and brake pads - $30 total - to become perfectly rideable. Then I spent a year tinkering, $20 at a time, and I have something I am really happy with now!)

If you can order online and assemble bikes yourself, I have heard good things about the basic road bikes from Schwinn and Raleigh. Problems can crop up when you buy department store bikes that are assembled by department store employees without training.

You may also enjoy the cruiser style bikes for the short rides you describe. Ask around; there may be old 3 speeds hiding in your neighbours' garages!

Good luck, and have fun!
A touring bike is quite the bike to have for useful transportation and the occasional charity ride. Racing on it might be pushing it though..
Sirrus Rider is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 10:56 PM
  #13  
Buglady
Senior Member
 
Buglady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Calgary
Posts: 2,341

Bikes: 2018 Ghost Square Trekking B2.8 e-bike; 2015 MEC Cote gravel/touring bike; 2012 MEC Silhouette hybrid; 1985 Boyes-Rosser tourer, now outfitted as Winter Trundle-bike

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
A touring bike is quite the bike to have for useful transportation and the occasional charity ride. Racing on it might be pushing it though..
Meh, I'm no racer. I want to go touring and randonneuring... for some reason riding a crazy long distance just to see if I can appeals to me! So finding that particular bike was serendipity.

(Although, I got going pretty fast yesterday and started thinking how much fun it would be to try out a proper race bike. Help me, I am addicted to bicycles... )
Buglady is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 11:54 PM
  #14  
fixedincome
Older & Not Better
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: TX
Posts: 7

Bikes: none

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Lost of info here thanks......

Hey, I see a lot of replies, thank you all........

Here's more of the story. My wife wants a road bike. She actually wants a 10 speed and she can't seem to understand why they aren't made any more...... She had one in the 70's - 80's when she lived in Houston and rode it to work every day. She's in her 50's (me too) and she's had a stroke (me too). She thinks she is going to ride a lot, but I know better. I'm still going to try to get her something like what she wants.

We live in Tyler, TX and craigslist is a joke here. Anything that I have seen, that is in fair condition, people want more for it than it was worth new. ebay seems the same way. From what I've been watching, the run of the mill older bikes are about $100-200 and the good ones are still way over that. Supply and demand I guess.....

I know I am not going to find a "steal", some people are lucky like that, I'm not and I don't know a good model from a poor one, so I could end up with a cheapie old bike for way too much money... Same with ebay, I don't know a good bike model from a poor one and there's so many out there, especially when you come to the older ones and can't find any info on them.... Schwinn might have made a great 10 speed model, but it probably made a hundred poor models, so it would be usless for me to try to figure it all out.......

She is not interested in one of the mountain bikes or the comfort bikes. She doesn't want 23 speeds or just 7 speeds, so I imagine I will, sooner or later find her an old 10 speed and have to send it to a shop somewhere and have it fixed up. (if there are still parts available for it). For myself I will probably just buy one of those $99 Avalon bikes in Wal-Mart and by the time it goes to H___ I won't care to ride anyhow and hopefully she will not want to any more either.......

I have never ridden because I have never wanted to. I would rather walk or drive. I am doing it because she wants to try riding again and just maybe it will be good for her, so I need to try it. If it helps her, then I would think about learning all about bikes. If it doesn't then I can just put what we get away in a corner of the garage........

I would never ride the streets in Tyler, people are crazy here and they will not give an inch of room for a bicyclist here.... I've seen too many "almost hit & runs" from drivers forcing bikers off the road here, no thanks..... So I will stick to a few laps around the block here where we live......

Thank you all for your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. It helps to see what others are thinking about it.....
fixedincome is offline  
Old 07-22-08, 12:30 AM
  #15  
wyeast
Safety Zealot
 
wyeast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 183
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Definitely try hitting up a sporting goods shop - someplace where they'll have a dedicated bike department and not having just random employees assembling bikes. Even Performance will carry the odd Iron Horse or Mongoose on closeout for under $200 apiece.

(edit: Whoops, missed that last post about wanting a road bike - I'd still make the same suggestion, although you'll have a tougher time finding a road bike on closeout for that kind of price... but you never know. Performance had this bike but it's out of stock now)

Having a bike professionally assembled and having a service department willing to back up what they've sold will get you the most miles out of a junker. And having the bike ride better / be in tune will make it more pleasant to ride. Having balky shifters and brakes that never quite work right will make the ride frustrating and that much more likely that you'll just keep the bike in the garage.

Good luck!

Last edited by wyeast; 07-22-08 at 12:36 AM.
wyeast is offline  
Old 07-22-08, 12:49 AM
  #16  
Buglady
Senior Member
 
Buglady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Calgary
Posts: 2,341

Bikes: 2018 Ghost Square Trekking B2.8 e-bike; 2015 MEC Cote gravel/touring bike; 2012 MEC Silhouette hybrid; 1985 Boyes-Rosser tourer, now outfitted as Winter Trundle-bike

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Does your wife want a ten-speed with a sloping top tube (the "women's bike" style) or is she OK with a flat top bar? (most ten speeds were "men's" frames and everybody rode them anyway).

If she is OK with the flat top bar, you might check out the Schwinn Prelude at Target. http://www.target.com/Men%E2%80%99s-...e=1&rh=&page=1

It has 14 speeds, but otherwise has most of the characteristics of the old ten speeds. There are women's road bikes at Target as well, but they don't look as nice, to my eye anyway!

Since you have not ridden much, you will probably be a lot more comfortable on a more upright bike rather than the road style. This Schwinn might suit: http://www.target.com/Schwinn-Cimarr...e=1&rh=&page=1

Does that help?
Buglady is offline  
Old 07-22-08, 06:21 AM
  #17  
Johnny Alien
I drank the Kool-Aid!
 
Johnny Alien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Posts: 560

Bikes: Rivendell Sam Hillborne, 1999 Heron Road

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Even in my area where there are lots of good bikes on Craigslist I have found that the real deals get snapped up quick. The place to look for a good deal on a bike is yard sales. If you are able to do yard sales then plan to hit up as many as possible on the weekends and I guarantee that you will see a variaty of bikes at them and that they will be priced way lower than the Craigslist bikes.
Johnny Alien is offline  
Old 07-22-08, 08:35 AM
  #18  
nooooob
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 48
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I got a Giant Boulder last week from a Bike shop for just under 300.... not quite under 250 but the shop offers lifetime maintenance as long as its natural malfunctioning of the bike and not me breaking it from doing something ********
nooooob is offline  
Old 07-22-08, 09:59 AM
  #19  
fixedincome
Older & Not Better
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: TX
Posts: 7

Bikes: none

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
As I say, the only bike shop around here carries new only. They cater to the wealthier set. Tyler has become a retirement community for DFW, so they have "comfort bikes" starting at $400 and "road bikes" starting at $1,000. They have brisk sales with retirees and they don't sell "junk bikes", only the top brand names....

As far as sports shops, there aren't any around here that I can find. It's a really strange town. Upscale shops for the wealthy and wal-mart, target for the poor.... Not much variety here....

I think the Target Prelude is the same as the wal-mart varsity. Since I have been talking to my wife more about all this, after a lot of research and ideas from people like you, she feels that she probably will forget the whole thing. She is used to buying new and buying good quality and we cannot afford that any more, so she has just about decided to forget it.

Truth be told, she can't ride anyhow, since the stroke and I think she knows that, but doesn't want to admit it. I know how that is, but the outrageous prices for a good bike really made her think twice.........

Thanks for all the help. I have learned a lot about pricing bikes here. I apperciate all the input......
fixedincome is offline  
Old 07-22-08, 10:13 AM
  #20  
TromboneAl
Senior Member
 
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Far, Far Northern California
Posts: 2,874

Bikes: 1997 Specialized M2Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hey Fixed, I was in exactly your position a month ago. After two months we finally lucked out with Craigslist, and got this bike for my wife. It went onto craigslist at 11:40 PM and by 9:30 the next morning it was in my garage.

Perhaps just keep checking craigslist and yard sales, and you can find something that will change her mind about forgetting it. Also, can you take a trip to another town that might have a bike store with some used bikes?
TromboneAl is offline  
Old 07-22-08, 10:58 AM
  #21  
Buglady
Senior Member
 
Buglady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Calgary
Posts: 2,341

Bikes: 2018 Ghost Square Trekking B2.8 e-bike; 2015 MEC Cote gravel/touring bike; 2012 MEC Silhouette hybrid; 1985 Boyes-Rosser tourer, now outfitted as Winter Trundle-bike

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Oh, I hope you don't both get discouraged and give up. If your wife's balance and strength have been affected by the stroke, a cruiser style bike would be much easier to ride than a road bike. There are a couple of styles that have a step through frame and allow the rider to have their feet flat on the ground when stopped. Cruisers are also much less expensive - you can get a really good bike for under $200, easily. It looked like Target had a good selection of them... what if you just went and looked at them one day? You don't have to decide immediately.

I honestly believe that cycling is one of the best things anyone can do for their physical health and their frame of mind. Even just toodling around the block a few times a week on "junk bikes"! I hope you do not mind me commenting on this, but I am "hearing" a lot of frustration in your posts. It sounds as though you don't feel you fit in in your community and that you feel kind of cut off from the things you used to have and used to be able to do. A new venture like cycling is very brave and along with that it's going to seem overwhelming from time to time (the flip side). If you take it slow and steady, starting as you have done here with finding out more about bikes and cycling, then maybe trying out a few bikes in stores, you may find it less of a leap.

There are a lot of us on Bike Forums who have come to find our bike rides the best part of our day - and that ranges from people who ride half a mile after dinner, to one or two who have found long distance riding is their thing. From everyone, we hear the same thing: getting out on a bike takes us back to a time in childhood when the world was opening up to us and we had, for the first time, the power to go out and explore it ourselves. It's never too late to recapture that feeling of freedom and self-determination, and I am so hoping that you and your wife will find it too!
Buglady is offline  
Old 07-22-08, 11:27 AM
  #22  
bobn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: South Florida
Posts: 726
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I don't know if this has been said before, but why not consider a 3 wheeler for her if she is unsure of herself after a stroke. They have been on E Bay and Craigslist. I found one for a friend for $50 and she loves it. Big baskets super wide seat etc. It was color pink, that's why it was so cheap. You can probably find one within your budget.
bobn is offline  
Old 07-22-08, 01:06 PM
  #23  
tornado60
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 203
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have had luck with my local goodwill store from time to time. Salvation Army sometimes gets bikes too. Antique/Novelty stores will sometimes have'em too, but might be high (only way to know there is to make an offer and see if they'll take it). You might keep an eye out for a nice looking USED huffy. I have found these to be some of the nicer of the older cheapies. I have had a 70's 3 speed (very used condition) and a late 80's 10 speed (still looks new had to change tires) and both rode great. Another place you might check out is http://www.schwinnbike.com/heritage/.
tornado60 is offline  
Old 07-23-08, 06:28 PM
  #24  
fixedincome
Older & Not Better
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: TX
Posts: 7

Bikes: none

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I decided to go ahead and buy bikes today. We could think about it for a long time, but we would never decide. I figure since she hasn't ridden in 15 years and I haven't ever ridden, we just need "starter bikes" and see how we do. I went to wal-mart and bought Men's & Women's Skyline bikes.... $149.95@.

Just basic bikes with cheap components, but I set up my wife's and she is happy. She's happy just to get to ride again....

26" with Kenda 26x1.95 tires.
Shimano 21 speed (twist grip style) Says Tourney on the cassette and MRX Pro on the shifters.
SR Suntour Crank
Promax Brakes.
Seems like an all aluminum frame to me.
It's one of the "comfort" bikes with dual shocks on the front fork (useless to me).
Quick release front wheel. Quick adjust seat post.
Straight short handlebars (mountain bike style?).

I need to go through and adjust the shifters, the brakes and the front fork alignment. They were close out of the box, but no cookie...... I was impressed with the detail of the 110 page manual. A breakdown of all the components with adjustment and replacement procedures. Looks like most everything is discussed, from the cassette, crank, brakes, wheels, etc....

I haven't done mine yet. I just put hers together, so she could see how she liked it.......

For the price, after I rode it and went through the gears, I think it will work for us, for a year or so at least... For a guy who doesn't know anything about bikes, I already see how most all of it works. I have always done all my own work, from cars to electronics, to home repair, so Common sense and knowledge of basic mechanics will do fine for me....

Thanks everyone for all your comments and your help.... I appreciate the time you took to answer me.

Justin
fixedincome is offline  
Old 07-23-08, 10:56 PM
  #25  
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Posts: 21,434

Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hi Justin, it's really great that we were able to help. You and your wife may have had a stroke each, but cycling could be an excellent way of regaining the ability to re-program the brain. Keep us informed of your wife's progress. I know I would love to hear that the two of you are busy riding all over Texas enjoying the bikes .

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.